October 30, 2009

Serie A 09-10: Game 11 Preview & Predictions

SSC Napoli v Juventus:
Perhaps I'm a bit too unrealistic to believe that Napoli are going to invade Piemonte this Saturday and beat Juve on their home pitch. Hell, the way the Old Lady is playing lately maybe it would be asking too much for the Vesuviani to beat the Northern powerhouse at the San Paolo. But what kind of fan would I be if I didn't believe in my team or do a little trash talking? Napoli, after-all, are also in-form and are presently enjoying a renaissance of sorts under new skipper Walter Mazzarri, and like I said before: at our best we can beat anybody. So I'm going to declare it loud and proud: Partenopei are going to sack Turin and return to Naples with all three points. Maybe I didn't learn my lesson after the miserable results of my last bold predictions, my friends certainly won't let me live it down, but the embarrassment of being wrong will be nothing compared to the gloating, "I told you so" when I'm right.

Forza Napoli!

Sunday's forecast:

Calcio Catania v AC Fiorentina:
Sadly, I believe the Rossoblu's woes will continue this weekend in Florence. The Viola will be too much for the faltering Elefantini. (Hopefully we could steal a point.)

AS Bari v UC Sampdoria:
Sampdoria will be looking to bounce back from their embarrassing 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Juventus. Unfortunately, it's Bari who's lined up to face them next. Ironically, it will be Bari's native son, Antonio Cassano, who will wreak havoc against the Galletti.

Palermo Calcio v Genoa CFC:
I hate to end on a down note, so I'll predict that Palermo will rebound from their midweek defeat against Inter and beat Genoa. This match should be a dogfight since only one point separates these combatants in the standings. The Grifone are coming off an impressive win against Fiorentina.

Avanti Sud!!!

By New York Scugnizzo

October 28, 2009

The Lioness of the South: Michelina De Cesare

Michelina De Cesare
Oct. 28, 1841 — Aug. 30, 1868
By Giovanni di Napoli

On March 17, 1861 the Kingdom of Italy was born. The events that led to its birth are many but most are hidden behind the myths of the Risorgimento, a romanticized, but false, version of Italian unity. Portraying themselves as liberators, the House of Savoy effectively annexed and colonized the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and Papal States. It didn't take long after unification that the lies and false promises of the Northern conquerors become apparent. The new rulers not only continued the unjust policies they promised to eliminate but in many cases they exacerbated them.

Betrayed and desperate, the people of the South rebelled against the Piedmontese and their collaborators. For well over a decade the Northern invaders waged a bloody war of repression against the Southern insurrection, deceitfully referred to as "the war against brigandage." The occupational forces committed many atrocities against the so-called "brigands," perhaps the most famous of which were the Pontelandolfo and Casalduni massacres. The Southerners retaliated by exacting retribution whenever possible. At its peak, over 100,000 soldiers were needed to suppress the revolt. Tribunals, roundups, deportations and summary executions were an integral part of Italian nation building.

The flames of rebellion burned across Southern Italy but some regions were hotter than others. Terra di Lavoro, the northern province of Campania, was one of these hotbeds. Waging a guerilla war against their foreign oppressors, partisans consisting of former Bourbon soldiers, loyalists and a desperate peasantry fought not only to defend the legitimacy of the Bourbons but also to protect their families and way of life.

Coat of arms for Terra di Lavoro
One of the region's more famous bands was the Guerra Gang. Under the able leadership of Francesco Guerra, a former Bourbon soldier and veteran of the Battle of Volturno (1860), they committed many daring acts of sabotage and resistance. Like many other Southerners, Francesco went into hiding for draft-dodging because he refused to serve the new state. They were branded brigands by the government and hunted down like common criminals.

None of this however, is out of the ordinary; there were many such men fighting across the Mezzogiorno. What really makes the Guerra Gang famous was the presence of "La Brigantessa": Michelina De Cesare. Many women were involved in the Southern resistance movement, so having a female member was not in itself what made them famous. What made Michelina special was that she was also one of the group's leaders and primary tacticians, and was well respected by the men who followed her into combat.

Official Italian history purposely disparages the female fighters by falsely describing them as simply the lovers or relatives of male brigands. Michelina proved otherwise.

"La Brigantessa"
Born in Caspoli on October 28, 1841, she grew up poor. Embittered by experiencing life under Northern occupation, Michelina decided to do something about it. At the age of 20 she met Francesco Guerra and joined the resistance in 1861. They became lovers then secretly married in a small church in Galluccio. It is said she was as fearless as she was beautiful and would always accompany the men in battle. For seven years she and her fellow partisans attacked and harassed the occupational forces, earning a well deserved reputation among both the Southern people and the oppressors.

A serious effort was made by the Piedmontese to eliminate the partisans which included monetary rewards but also threats of mass deportation and violence, a common practice used by the conquerors against the people they supposedly "liberated."

On August 30, 1868 a group of Carabinieri and National Guardsmen scoured the slopes of Monte Lungo, in Mignano, in search of the Guerra Gang. Betrayed by an informant, the rebels’ whereabouts were divulged. Unwilling to miss an opportunity, the soldiers braved a violent thunderstorm to catch their prey off guard. During the search a flash of lightning revealed the group’s position. The heavy rain and thunder helped conceal the soldiers approach. At about ten o'clock at night they ambushed the unsuspecting camp. The soldiers opened fired and massacred the rebels. Francesco Guerra, James Ciccone and Francesco Orsi were slain.

The work of the "Liberators"
Michelina was captured alive, tortured for information, gang-raped, then murdered. The violent interrogation was unsuccessful; at age 27 she died heroically while refusing to betray her comrades. Her naked and mutilated corpse was exposed to the nearby villagers as a warning. However, instead of deterring the people, the outrage reinforced their support of the rebellion. Even in death she contributed to the cause.

Michelina De Cesare, the Lioness of the South, has earned her place in the pantheon of Southern Italian rebels, which includes the legendary Masaniello and Fra Diavolo, among others.

"Meglio na buona morte ca na mala vita."
("Better a good death than a bad life.": Neapolitan proverb)

October 27, 2009

Midweek Calcio Preview and Predictions

AS Bari v FC Parma:
Highflying Bari storms the Stadio Tardini this Wednesday in a clash against fellow surprise of the season, FC Parma. While both teams are tied for seventh I believe the advantage has to go to the Galletti because of their superior goal differential. Also, the true Parma may be starting to show after their defeat last weekend at the hands of lowly Atalanta. While Parma has been a fortress at home I won't underestimate the Biancorossi again. I believe the Southerners will make Swiss cheese out of the Crociati defense and walk away with all three points.

Calcio Catania v Chievo Verona:
Catania will hosts the Flying Donkeys at the Cibali. The Elefantini were a bit unlucky to face Inter last weekend because they weren't able to build on their first victory of the season. Gratefully, the Gialloblu have been struggling of late and will be short handed with bannings and injuries. The Sicilians are fighting relegation and are playing at home so they will have more motivation to win. I'm feeling a little ballsy today so I'm going to pick the Rossoblu to beat Chievo.
SSC Napoli v AC Milan:
Bring on Milan! A fired up Napoli side are looking to extend their 2 game winning streak at the expense of the Rossoneri. With Juventus due next this could have been a disastrous stretch for the Azzurri if Walter Mazzarri hadn't changed the team's fortune: Two games in charge, two victories. I don't know what Mister Mazzarri has done but I hope he doesn't stop. In what will undoubtedly be a tremendous clash, the San Paolo faithful will be willing their beloved Partenopei onward, giving us, I believe, the advantage over our Northern opponents. Napoli has leaped up the standings recently and I predict they will continue to march forward with a hard earned victory.

Palermo Calcio v FC Internazionale Milano:
I know I'm biased towards the South but I don't think it's too much of a stretch to believe that Palermo could beat Inter this Thursday at the San Siro. The Sicilians after all trampled Juventus at the Barbera earlier this year and many believed the Old Lady were the favorites to win the Scudetto. Also, the Nerazzurri have not been overly convincing this season, despite their record. Palermo on the other hand has been steadily getting better. I'm aware that the Rosanero have recorded only one victory against their opponent in 10 games since their return to top-flight football but I will go out on a limb here and predict that the Sicilians will finally beat the Serpenti in Milan.

Perhaps I'm a little optimistic but I think all the Southern outfits will win their matches. Forza Sud!!!

By New York Scugnizzo

Black Wednesday (added on October 29, 2009):

Considering Napoli's horrific start to the match, a 2-2 draw feels like a win, especially since both our goals were in stoppage time. You can't give up two goals in the first six minutes, especially against great teams like Milan, and expect to compete effectively. The Vesuviani have been playing with fire recently with these last minute heroics and sooner or later we are going to get burned. Our task doesn't get any easier this Saturday against Juventus. The Old Lady is coming off an impressive 5-1 thumping of Scudetto pretenders Sampdoria. Partenopei will need to step it up a notch, especially defensively, if we hope to beat the "piramuddisi".

So much for my other predictions. Parma trounced Bari 2-0 and Chievo beat Catania 2-1. I'm as shocked as I am disappointed. I know there are no sure things in sports but I really did not expect these results. I tip my hat to our opponents, they were better than us this day. We'll get you next time.

Hopefully, Palermo will come through for me today and upset Inter so I could save a little face.

Palermo v Inter results (added October 30, 2009):

Rounding off my inability to pick a winner this round, Palermo lost an 8 goal thriller at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza 5-3 on Thursday. Down four to nothing at half, the Rosanero fought back admirably but fell a little short. There was no Napoli style comeback (see above) to be won on this night against Milan's other team. 

October 24, 2009

Sacred Concerts

The Life of Alessandro Scarlatti, The “Grandfather” of Classical Music
Alessandro Scarlatti
By Niccolò Graffio
“Let every man praise the bridge that crosses him over.” –English proverb
Alessandro Scarlatti was born on May 2, 1660 in either Palermo or Trapani, Sicily, at that time part of the Kingdom of Sicily. Nothing is known of his early musical education. In 1672 he was sent to live with a relative in Rome.  It is generally believed by modern scholars that while there he was schooled by the composer Giacomo Cassini. It is also believed by many that he must have had contact with teachers from Northern Italy, since his early works show influence by Alessandro Stradella and Giovanni Legrenzi.

In April, 1678 Scarlatti married Antonia Anzalone, who bore him ten children (including his son and musical successor Domenico).  Sadly, only half would reach adulthood.  At the age of 19 he produced his first opera, Gli Equivoci nel Sembiante.  The success of this gained him the patronage of Queen Christina of Sweden, who was living at the time in Rome following her abdication and conversion to Catholicism.

In February of 1684 he became the maestro di cappella to the Viceroy of Naples.  It is believed this largely came about due to the influence of one of his sisters, an opera singer who was the mistress of an influential nobleman.  Ironically, it was gossip about both his sisters’ scandalous behavior that forced him to leave Rome for Naples in the first place!  He remained in that official capacity for 18 years.  An avid workaholic (no doubt due to his impoverished childhood), during his tenure in Naples he produced a long series of operas as well as other music for state occasions.

By 1702 foreign intrigues forced him to leave Naples, not to return until the end of the Spanish domination of that city in 1708.   During the interim he enjoyed first the patronage of Fernando de’ Medici in Florence and subsequently Cardinal Ottoboni in Rome.  It was during this period he composed his “magnum opus”: Mitridate Eupatore (1707) in Venice.

As a result of his diminishing popularity in Naples, in 1717 he relocated to Rome, where he wrote some of his finest operas including: Telemaco (1718), Marco Attilio Regolo (1719) and La Griselda (1721).

In addition to being a composer, Scarlatti was active as a teacher.  His fame was such that the German composers Johann Joachim Quantz and Johann Adolphe Hasse (among others) actively sought him out.  Sadly, the great composer was not to have the buona morte he so richly deserved.  After 1725 his output declined while his financial hardships increased.  He died in Naples on October 24, 1725, saddled with debt.

Scarlatti’s significance in the history of music cannot be underestimated.  In addition to composing 115 operas, 20 oratorios, over 40 motets and 10 masses, he is known to have written almost 700 cantatas.  It is in these pieces for solo voices that we see the composer’s true genius!  They represent the most intellectual style of their period.

Musicologists consider Scarlatti to be an important link between the Baroque period of music and what was to come.  He is considered the founder of the Neapolitan school of opera.  On his tombstone he is called musices instaurator maximus, a fitting epitaph for the man who was instrumental in ushering in the greatest age of music that mankind has ever known or ever will know: the Classical Period in Western Music!

October 23, 2009

Serie A 09-10: Game 9 Report & Predictions

Last week all the Southern Italian teams in Serie A were victorious. After disappointing starts, Southern tifosi everywhere were celebrating their change of fortune. Can the South repeat? As the saying goes, "All will be told in ninety minutes." 

It's time to roll the dice again and make my predictions:


AS Bari v SS Lazio
This week Bari hosts the Biancocelesti at the Stadio San Nicola in Puglia. So far, standing in ninth place, the Galletti have been the surprise of the season. They have only one loss and shared points with both football giants Inter and Milan at the San Siro. I don't expect the Biancorossi to have a let down against Lazio, however, with nine draws between the two sides this season I think it's safe to assume this match will end in a tie.

Calcio Catania v FC Internazionale Milano
Catania has a tough task this Saturday against Inter at the always-hostile San Siro. To make matters worse for the Rossoblu, the already dangerous Nerazzurri will be reinforced with the return of star players, Thiago Motta and Diego Milito. The Sicilians are coming off their first victory of the season but, unfortunately, no matter how bad I want to see the Elefantini stomp the Serpenti I don't believe it will happen. I think Inter will be too much for Catania.

SSC Napoli v AC Fiorentina
Despite the positive start to the Walter Mazzarri era, Napoli will be hard pressed to repeat its heroics against Fiorentina. The Azzurri were able to come back from a goal down last week and beat Bologna but unlike the Felsinei, the Viola will punish Napoli if they don't play well. On any given day Partenopei are capable of beating any opponent but their inconsistent play and recent struggles away make me hesitant to declare them the likely victors. While I'm greedy for the win, realistically an away point would be an acceptable result for the Neapolitans. Instead of my usual fanaticism I will take an uncharacteristically conservative approach and predict the game will end in a draw.

Palermo Calcio v Udinese Calcio
Palermo hosts the Bianconeri at the Barbera this weekend. In recent weeks these two clubs have been headed in the opposite directions. The Rosanero are coming off two impressive wins while Udinese are in a tale spin after consecutive loses. The Friuli side is anxious to get back their top scorer (9 goals in 8 games), Neapolitan forward, Antonio Di Natale who's been out due to injury. They are not the same without him. Palermo on the other hand are enthusiastic and confident and it shows in their recent form. I expect this match to be a brawl with the Sicilians coming out on top.

Avanti Sud!!!

By New York Scugnizzo

Results (reported October 26, 2009):


As predicted struggling Catania fell 2-1 against reigning champs Inter at the San Siro. 

Thanks to a Cesare Bovo goal in the 87th minute Palermo also proved me right. The Rosanero defeated Udinese 1-0 at the Barbera for their 3rd straight win but not without some controversy, the Bianconeri had a legitimate penalty appeal waved off by the referee. Udinese's Neapolitan striker Antonio Di Natale was back from injury and came close to scoring on several occasions. Perhaps the teams deserved to share the points but sometimes the football gods are cruel.

My last two predictions were dead wrong, thankfully however, in a positive way. Both Napoli and Bari won their matches against Fiorentina and Lazio, respectively. I picked them both to tie.

Napoli's head-to-head against Fiorentina pitted two Champions League hopefuls in an exciting match that saw another dramatic, late winning goal by Christian Maggio. The win gave Partenopei their first away victory in a year. The fact that they did it against a tough opponent makes it all the sweeter. It finally looks like Napoli has turned the corner and is back to their winning ways.

What can I say about Bari? They continue to impress and they're starting to make a believer out of me. The Galletti's convincing 2-0 victory over Lazio and their surprising 7th place position in the standings prove that the Southern newcomers belong in Serie A.

The Partito del Sud football club of Napoli tied Bologna 2-2 in another hard fought match. The lads from the South continue to play hard and impress in the Championato UISP calcio. Forza Sud!!!

October 21, 2009

A Day of High Culture


(L-R) Terracotta statuettes of dancing women (3rd-2nd century B.C.),
Terracotta head of Artemis (3rd century B.C.),
Terracotta heads of wreathed women (3rd century B.C.)


(Left) Campanian Bronze statuette
of male figure (ca. 500-450 B.C.),
Bronze statuette of Siren (ca. 500 B.C.)
Last Sunday I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art to pay homage to the great Neapolitan Baroque painter Luca Giordano for his birthday. While I wandered through the museum's galleries and contemplated the eclectic collection I found myself being drawn back to the Art of Southern Italy, as if summoned by the Siren's seductive song. No matter how many times I visit the museum I never get tired of it. I always discover something new.

I took some photos of their Southern Italian collection and I thought I would share a few of them with you.

By New York Scugnizzo


Bronze helmet (mid 4th–mid 3rd century B.C.),
Apulian terracotta vase with Gorgoneion (late 4th–early 3rd century B.C.), Terracotta hydria from Campania (ca. 350-320 B.C.)


(L-R) Pilate Washing His Hands by Mattia Preti (1613-1699),
Self-Portrait by Salvator Rosa (1615-1673)


Landscape with Mercury and Argus by Salvator Rosa (1615-1673),
Tobit Burying the Dead by Andrea di Lione (1610-1685),
Lucanian wall painting of a mounted warrior (mid-4th century B.C.)

Photos by New York Scugnizzo

October 18, 2009

Luca 'fà-Presto' Giordano

San Nicola in gloria (Photo by New York Scugnizzo)
By Giovanni di Napoli

[The following article was originally posted on October 18, 2009. I've since added photos of San Nicola in gloria (Museo Civico) from my visit to Naples in 2010, Saint Sebastian Cured by Saint Irene from the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2011, King Tiridates Before Saint Gregory the Armenian from the Boston Museum of Art in 2012 and The Flight into Egypt from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which I inadvertently left out the first time around. Also included, for illustrative purposes, is a reprint of a photo of Giordano's St. Benedict and the Miraculous Sacks of Grain from the Abbey of Montecassino, destroyed in 1944. For more on the lost works from the Abbey see, "Montecassino" by Robert Enggass, p. 41-55, A Taste For Angels, Yale University Art Gallery, 1987.]

The Annunciation (New York Scugnizzo)
Today I treated myself with a trip to New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The occasion was in celebration of one of my favorite Southern Italian artists, Luca Giordano. I thought I would pay homage to the Baroque master on his birthday by viewing some of his works in person.

Luca Giordano was born on October 18, 1634 in Naples. He was the son of Antonio Giordano, who was also a painter. At an early age he apprenticed for Giuseppe Ribera during Spagnoletto's ("the little Spaniard's") Neapolitan sojourn. After Ribera's death the young artist traveled to Rome, Florence and Venice where he studied the work of Pietro da Cortona and other Northern masters.

The Flight into Egypt (New York Scugnizzo)
Giordano returned to Naples in 1653 to continue his studies. By 1665 he was painting again in Florence and Venice for the likes of the Medici. His frescoes in the dome of the Cappella Corsini in the Church of the Carmine and the Grand Gallery of Palazzo Medici-Riccardi are just some of his many works to be found in Northern Italy.

The Neapolitan's brilliance was internationally recognized. In 1692 Giordano was summoned to Madrid by Charles II of Spain and served as court painter until 1702. His masterpieces from this period grace the walls of private collections, churches and palaces across Iberia.

Saint Sebastian Cured by Saint Irene (New York Scugnizzo)
After his patron died Giordano returned triumphantly to his beloved Naples and helped support local struggling artists. He was highly prolific and influential. The Neapolitan giant is best remembered for his prodigious skill and quick painting technique, which earned him the nickname, Luca fà-presto or Luca work quickly.

Luca Giordano died in Naples in 1705.

St. Benedict and the Miraculous Sacks of Grain (Courtesy of A Taste For Angels, Yale University Art Gallery, 1987)
Unfortunately, on February 15, 1944 some of his majestic work was lost during WWII when the Allies destroyed the ancient Benedictine monastery of Montecassino. Sadly, they mistakenly thought the abbey was an Axis stronghold when in fact it was a refuge for local women and children fleeing les Goums Marocains, the atrocity prone French Auxiliary soldiers from Algeria and Morocco who raped over 7,000 women, children and men during the invasion of Italy.

King Tiridates Before Saint Gregory the Armenian (New York Scugnizzo)
The Met is home to his Annunciation, a beautiful painting depicting the revelation of Mary by the Angel Gabriel. This painting is a clear example of the artist's vibrant style and ability and, in my humble opinion, it dominates the gallery with its beauty and excellence. This is no small achievement considering it shares the room with works by renowned Southern Italian artists like Massimo Stanzione, Mattia Preti and Salvator Rosa, among others.

For a little taste of Southern Italian high culture, I highly recommend a visit to this prestigious museum.

October 16, 2009

The Life & Legacy of Lieutenant Petrosino

Giuseppe Petrosino

Thursday October 29, 2009
from 10:00am - 5:00pm
100 Old Slip
New York, New York 10005

Visit the Police Museum's newest installation celebrating one of the most famous officers in the history of the NYPD. In 1895 Lieutenant Petrosino became the first Italian-American promoted to Detective Sergeant and was a pioneer in the fight against organized crime until his murder in 1909 in Sicily. Lieutenant Petrosino remains the only New York City Police Officer to be killed in the exercise of his duty overseas.

October 15, 2009

Serie A 09-10, Game 8 Report and Predictions

After a short break for international duty, which saw the Azzurri draw 2-2 with the Republic of Ireland and defeat the Republic of Cyprus 3-2, thanks in part to a heroic last minute goal by Neapolitan striker Fabio Quagliarella, Serie A is back in action.

AS Bari v Chievo Verona:
This Sunday will see the scrappy Biancorossi take on the Flying Donkeys at the Bentegodi in Verona. Newly promoted Bari will be looking to build on their early but moderate success with a victory over Chievo. This won't be an easy task because the Gialloblu are in good form and surprisingly are currently standing in sixth place, while Bari on the other hand is riddled with injuries. I fully expect this contest to be a dogfight. If the game was in Puglia I would pick the Southerners to win, but I think a draw is the most realistic outcome.

Calcio Catania v Cagliari Calcio:
Catania face Cagliari in a showdown of insular powers. The islanders will meet in the Stadio Massimino (Cibali) in Sicily and despite Catania's poor form I will go out on a limb and predict that the Elefantini will upset the Sardinians for their first victory of the season. I know it's early in the campaign but a Rossoblu victory against another struggling side will go a long way in dodging relegation. These are three vital points for both teams.

Palermo Calcio v AS Livorno Calcio:
I believe Palermo will continue where they left off last match against Juventus and win convincingly over Livorno. After manhandling the Old Lady I don't expect the Sicilians to have a let down against the Amaranti. The Tuscans sit bottom of the table and I expect the Rosanero to keep them there.

SSC Napoli v Bologna FC:
Napoli will host Bologna at the Stadio San Paolo. Even though these two sides are separated by only one point in the standings, Napoli has to be considered the match favorites. I think, thanks to the appointment of Walter Mazzarri as coach, Napoli's true quality will finally start to shine and the touted defense of the Felsinei will be exposed by a fired up Partenopei attack; as the saying goes, "L'oro di Bologna si fa nero per la vergogna" ("Gold from Bologna turns black from shame"). Napoli will take all three points and start to clime the table.

Avanti Sud!!!

By New York Scugnizzo

Correction:
In my previous post I stated that there was no calcio worth watching north of Rome last round because all the Southern teams were playing down South, I stand corrected:

On October 11, 2009, the Partito del Sud football club of Napoli trounced Cesena Torinese 6-2 in Porto Mantovano, Mantua, Lombardy. The team is part of the newly formed Partito del Sud sports association. The squad and staff are made up of Neapolitans and Sicilians working in Padania and an "honorary Southerner" from Croatia who represented the South with pride and honor.


For more news and pictures please visit Napolitania blog. Photos courtesy of Napolitania blog.

Results (added October 18, 2009):

This was a good round of football for the South as all our sides won. I'm actually happy to announce that one of my predictions was wrong. I anticipated a draw but Bari defeated Chievo 2-1 at the Bentegodi. This victory jumped the Biancorossi to ninth place. In what was probably my most risky prediction, Catania beat Cagliari 2-1 at the Cibali. The depleted Sicilian squad were able to vindicate me and get their first win of the season at the expense of the Sardinians. It also moved the Elefantini out of the dreaded relegation zone. Less surprisingly, Palermo beat Livorno and Napoli beat Bologna, 2-1 respectively.

Forza Sud!!!


Addendum (added October 19, 2009):

The Partito del Sud football club of Napoli tied a strong Udinese side 2-2 this round of the Championato UISP calcio. The Southerners gave up the lead twice, thanks in part to a questionable penalty awarded to the Bianconeri.

Forza Partito del Sud!!!

October 14, 2009

Third Annual Crachesi Del Nord America Reunion

THE CRACO SOCIETY
THIRD ANNUAL CRACHESI DEL NORD AMERICA REUNION

October 23 - 25, 2009 Brooklyn & Manhattan, NY Join your Craco cousins! from October 23-25 as we celebrate the THIRD ANNUAL CRACHESI DEL NORD AMERICA REUNION in Brooklyn and Manhattan, NY

Celebrate the Feast of San Vincenzo. Craco Society members have asked us to move our yearly Reunion to coincide with some of the important events in Craco. And so this year, our Reunion will coincide with the Feast of San Vincenzo. San Vincenzo, the patron saint of Craco, was revered and worshipped not only in Craco but also in the New York City area as early Crachesi immigrants formed their own San Vincenzo Society with an annual procession and ball.

Friday evening cocktail reception: We will literally follow in our ancestors' footsteps as we kick off our Reunion on Friday evening with a cocktail reception allowing Crachesi cousins from near and far to reconnect.

Saturday seminar, lunch, and tour: The following day we will reconvene with a morning seminar. The theme is "Stories from Brooklyn" covering the Crachese migration from Manhattan to Brooklyn. Following lunch will be book signings and oral history recordings of members’ stories. Afterwards, we have organized a tour of Brooklyn, including Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge (maybe even a drive past your old home!) and stops on 18th Avenue.

Sunday breakfast, Mass, lunch, and museum tour: Sunday morning we move on to Manhattan for breakfast at Ferrara’s followed by a noon Mass for San Vincenzo at St. Joseph's Church. Immediately following the Mass a lunch will be held at Forlini’s. After lunch we will walk to Mulberry and Grand Street for a free tour of the Italian American Museum.

As with previous Reunions, individuals will be able to participate in all or part of the scheduled events. Free parking is available at the two Brooklyn sites and there is a parking lot adjacent to Forlini's Restaurant for the events in Manhattan.

Continue to learn about your Craco heritage: Prior to the Reunion, registered attendees will receive reports from the Craco Ancestry Database to inform participants about kinship connections. Research material will be available at the meeting, including maps of the old town, an index of vital re-cords, Craco census records, and a list of Craco immigrants. Everyone attending will leave the session with an information packet about the town, its immigrant families, and resources to develop more information about your Craco ancestors. More importantly, there will be plenty of time to share information, pictures, addresses, and stories with your Cracotan cousins. Those attending the bus tour will be asked to share the location of their Brooklyn homes and we will make every attempt to pass by these Crachese-American homes, churches and schools.

Registration: There are two registration options: à-la-carte or a package that includes all events. The Full Registration fee includes: Friday evening cocktail reception and appetizers, Saturday meeting and catered lunch, Brooklyn tour, Sunday break-fast at Ferrara's, lunch at Forlini’s, copies of meeting materials and Craco family history resource information. If you can only attend certain events, you may choose and pay for only the events you can attend.

For more information visit www.thecracosociety.org or call (774) 269-6611
AGENDA
FRIDAY OCTOBER 23
6:30
Informal cocktail reception
Sirico’s, 8015-23 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

SATURDAY OCTOBER 24
9:30
Stories from Brooklyn
John Hughes Knights of Columbus Hall
1305 86th St., Brooklyn, NY

12:00
Lunch & Society meeting

1:00
Virtual trip to Craco Vecchio

2:00
Author signings, oral history recording

3:00
Brooklyn tour
SUNDAY OCTOBER 25
10:00
Breakfast meeting
Ferrara’s, 195 Grand St., New York, NY

11:30
Travel to St. Joseph Church, 5 Monroe St., NYC


12:00
San Vincenzo Martire di Craco Mass

1:30
Lunch- Forlini’s Restaurant, 93 Baxter St.,

4:00
Italian American Museum, 155 Mulberry St., NYC